MERSEYSIDE’S biggest bus operator Arriva is to increase fares by 10p from tomorrow – in a huge blow to already hard-pressed passengers.
The current flat fare for an adult single within the Liverpool zone is £2 and the new fare will mean a 5% increase to £2.10 across Liverpool, Halton, St Helens Wirral and Lancashire.
However flat fares for journeys on services 26 and 27 – the Sheil Road Circular – will remain at £2.
But Arriva stresses that the maximum adult single fare will be £3.20 and all fares currently higher than this will be reduced.
Arriva is the biggest bus operator in the area, currently operating 69% of bus services.
Howard Farrall, area managing director for Arriva Merseyside said: “We continually review our fares and costs so we are able to deliver quality bus services for our customers and maintain a stable network.
“Over the past five years we have invested £54m in new buses in Merseyside. We operate our services more efficiently than we have ever done but unfortunately rising costs mean that we do have to adjust our fares in order that we can continue investing in the area.
“We have reviewed our fare structure and alongside the fare increases some of our single fares have been reduced – there is now a maximum £3.20 single fare in Merseyside with some fares being capped at £2.50 for a trial period.
“We are also trialling a promotional off peak fare of £1.50 in St Helens to encourage bus use and our cross river single fare has been frozen at £3.20.
“We will continue to evaluate our fare structure and look at how we can deliver best value to our customers while covering costs and allowing for investment in services.”
Children’s single flat fares will also rise by 7p to £1.40 but student and 16Plus fares will be unchanged at £1.70.
Multi-journey saver tickets will increase by 10p from £3.90 to £4 for a Liverpool zone day pass and by 50p from £4.50 to £15 for a weekly pass.